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Secret Fire: The Relationship Between
Kundalini, Kabbalah, and Alchemy
by Mark Stavish, M.A.
All Rights Reserved. Copyright Mark Stavish 1997
Foreword
The following exercises are designed to assist in freeing the most
potent energy known to humanity and resident in creation. They
are not designed for someone with little or no esoteric
experience. In general, it would be advisable to have at lest one
to two years of practical, daily experience with the Middle Pillar
and/or Pentagram Rituals; in addition, an equal amount of time
with the Hexagram Rituals. Several working of the 32
nd
through
24
th
Paths on the Tree of Life would also be desirable[1], and
regular practice of once a week or so of “Rising on the Planes”[2].
Common sense, a willingness to “Make haste slowly”, and a
balanced lifestyle may be the best protection against any
unpleasant side effects of these, or other, esoteric practices[3]. It
is very important that you keep a diary of your practices and
experiences with the exercises given.
The amount of time it will take to experience the Secret Fire is
unknown, although preparation is the best guarantee of success.
The amount of time given to each exercise should not exceed
more than 15 or 20 minutes in the beginning, and then 30 or 45
minutes after the first half year or so. It is also strongly advised
that anyone undertaking these exercises also maintain a regular,
daily usage of spagyric tinctures for each of the planetary
qualities of the day it is used. This additional, slow, and
methodical cleansing of the subtle psychic channels will aid in




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relieving some of side-effects of esoteric work. The nightly
application of “Dream Yoga” is also suggested, as this will attune
the student to the qualities of the day while sleeping, aid in
interior contacts, and may shed light on particular problems of
the Work.[4]
While this may seem like a lot of work, it is not. Tinctures are
fairly easy to make, all that is required is their regular use. This
takes no more time than swallowing a vitamin. Dream yoga is
done as we are falling asleep anyhow, no additional time required
for this either. What is does take is regularity, commitment, and
perseverance. Qualities that assure, albeit confer, adepthood.
Best of luck in your practices. In the Bonds of Esotericism,
Ora et labora,
Mark Stavish
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
April 1997
Introduction
In the Western esoteric practices there is an apparent knowledge
gap regarding the role of esoteric practices and their effects on
the subtle, and not so subtle, bodies of practitioners. In the East,
all practices, whether designated as such or not, are designed to
awaken the semi-dormant energy resident in all creation, and
„living beings‟ in particular. This energy is known as “Kundalini”,
“The Serpent Fire”, and the “Dragon” depending on tradition.
Extreme care has been taken, despite contradictions between
systems, to chart the effects of exercises on this latent energy,
and how it „flows‟ through the physical, emotional, and psychic
body, at what stages, and in relation to which exercises. Such a
detailed analysis is lacking in modern Western estotericism.


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For modern kabbalists, the most common introduction to
ceremonial magic is through the Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram
and the Middle Pillar Exercise. The purpose of this paper is
twofold: to show how this, and related exercise can stimulate the
Secret Fire, and to suggest exercises for its regulation by esoteric
students who are engaged in a Hermetic path, such as general
studies or alchemy, who may have experienced its awakening
and are in need of simple and direct exercises for its regulation.
Theoretical Background
The majority of modern esoteric students are familiar with the
Middle Pillar exercise, as such, it will be the fundamental basis for
much of this article. In addition, the Sepher Yetzirah, and a
limited number of alchemical references will be made.
The basis of kabbalah is that through increasing levels of density,
humanity came into its present state of physical incarnation and
psychic evolution. Through rituals, exercises, and meditations,
the energy latent in creation generally, and the body of the
practitioner in particular, can be “awakened”, purified, and
directed. This energy can then be used for spiritual development,
psychic expansion, or physical health and improvement.
Creation - “In the Beginning …”
Creation is seen to have taken place, in Western kabbalistic and
alchemical terms, in the following process.
The Divine mind of God, the Absolute, or in Hebrew the Ain Soph
Aur (Limitless Light), through a series of expansions and
contractions establishes the boundaries of Creation. The first
world is the most subtle, and closest to the original state of non-
existence, and is Atzilooth. This is called the world of Fire,
because of the lively, undefined, and almost uncontrollable nature
of fire. Next is Briah, or the World of Archetypes and forms as our
human mind can grasp them. It is symbolized as the World of Air,
and is the result as a barrier world that is formed by the creation
of the next World, Yetzirah, or Water. This is the highly psychic
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and emotionally charged world immediately behind the veil of
material existence, or Assiah. Also known as the World of Earth,
because of the solid, concrete nature of material life.
The purpose of this scheme, is to show that creation occurs in
increasingly dense levels of energy-matter, from the most subtle,
or Fire, to the most dense, or Earth. Within this context of
increasing density, there also arises a series of ten planes or
levels of consciousness which combines with energy-matter,
known as Sepheroth, or spheres of being. They occur in a pattern
of: unity, reflection, polarity, reflection, polarity, unity, reflection,
polarity, unity, and finally materialization. This basic idea of
unity-polarity-and re-harmonizing, is the basis of kabbalistic and
alchemical practices, and is derived from the observation of
Nature.
Each World is a reflection to a denser or more subtle degree than
the one before or after it. Each Sepheroth is a reflection, in part,
of what proceeds or follows it. However, since each reflection is
only partial, or slightly distorted, each Sphere takes on its own
unique characteristics. Only the so-called “Middle Four Sphereoth”
have the ability to harmonize or reflect in total all of the energies
of creation, on some level.
This „zigzag‟ of Creation is called the “Lightning Flash”. The return
of energy from dense matter, back through the various stages,
Sepherith, and Worlds of Creation is known as the “Path of the
Serpent” because of its reverse, or complimentary „zigzag‟ nature
back up this diagram called the Tree of Life.
For the alchemist, somewhere between the third and fourth level,
or sphere of creation, energy takes on the characteristic that will
allow for the formation of matter at some future state, or level
ten. This energy is called Prima Materia, Chaos in the Bible,
Spiritus Mundi (Spirit of the Earth), and others. Here, duality is
made complete, and genuine polarity exists, as opposed to simple
the potential, or idea, of polarity that had existed previously.
Energy is divided into active and passive modes, with the active
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energy constituting the energies of life, and the passive one the
energy of matter. In “The Golden Chain of Homer”, the active
energy is called Niter and the passive energy is called Salt.
The energy of Life manifests in two forms, Fire and Air. While
both are predominately active in nature, fire is the more active of
the two, with Air being slightly passive because of the partial
Water Element in its makeup. Potential Matter manifests its
energy as Water and Earth. These Elements have nothing to do
with the material bodies of the same name, and as such are
capitalized and called “Elemental” to distinguish them from the
earth we walk on, water we drink, air we breath, and fire we cook
with. They are in fact, energetic states, each with their own
unique characteristics, as well as each of the previously
mentioned ten levels of consciousness within them. The Elements
also have preferred ways of interacting with each other, to form
the Three Principles of alchemy. There are in fact, forty different
ways energy-matter-consciousness can manifest in our world.
The Three Essentials are the alchemical principles of Sulpher,
Mercury, and Salt. Like the “Elements” these principle concepts
are to be thought of a “Philosophical” and not literally as chemical
elements or compounds. The Alchemical Sulphur, or Soul, of a
things predominates in the animating principles of energy (Fire)
and intelligence (Air); Alchemical Salt, or the physical body of a
thing, predominates in unconscious forces, psychic, and
instinctual intelligence (Water) and solid matter (Earth);
Alchemical Mercury, or general life force, predominates in
intelligence (Air) and instinctual forces, and psychic energy
(Water), as such it is the link, or bridge, between the higher
forces of Sulphur and the lower body of matter.
In the mineral realm the dominant energy is that of Earth, a little
Water, and very little Air or Fire. In the vegetable realm, the
dominant energy is Water and Air, but little Fire and Earth. In the
animal realm, the dominant force element is Fire, then Air, but
little Earth. These qualities need to be understood as they have
been defined for the following information to be of any use to the
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practicing, or aspiring, Hermeticist. For example, using the above
definitions, we can say that the plant realm has an abundance of
instinctual energy (Water) and intelligence, i.e. a specific function
(Air), but little direct energy (Fire), as this is received passively
from the sun; and little hard, physical, matter (Earth).
In the East as in the West, the idea of principle Elements and
Philosophic Principles are expressed in more or less the same
manner. This original undifferentiated energy from creation is
often called in Indian philosophy, and modern occult, and New
Age circles, as akasha, or Spirit. However, akasha, consists of
two (2) aspects, one active as we have noted, Niter, and the
other passive, Salt. The energies of Niter are also referred to as
the force of Kundalini, or spiritual forces. In alchemy, this is the
Secret Fire. To the Salt, belongs the force of Prana, or Vital
Energy.
The function of the Vital energy is to maintain physical life forms
and existence. It is completely instinctual and unconscious and is
heavily influenced by cosmic cycles, astrological pulses, and other
natural phenomena. The function of the Secret Fire is to increase
in humanity, the only place where it is present, its sense of self,
or “I”. At the lowest level or functioning, this is the ego, at its
highest, it is Divinity incarnate, as both are two sides of the same
coin. One is „self‟ in relation to the physical world and others; the
other is „self‟ in relationship to all of Creation and as a co-creator.
In the vast majority of humanity, this Secret Fire, or liberating
energy of self-consciousness, lies dormant, asleep at the base of
the spine, coiled like a serpent. Only a small amount manages to
escape, reaching a sepherothic level, or so-called chakra, thus
creating a loci of consciousness for each person. If it reaches the
top of the skull, and beyond, a spiritual awakening can occur,
allowing for a descent and re-ascent of the energy, during which
the psychic centers can be awakened allowing for the
manifestation of psychic powers and related phenomena.
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The Secret Fire ascends as a result of a temporary weakening of
the Vital Energy in the physical body. This is why so many
spiritual awakenings take place under great physical stress, times
of illness, or near-death-experiences. When the Secret Fire will
ascend through the various psychic-physical currents causing it to
be enveloped in a sphere of luminous light.
The experiencing of the Secret Fire, as a result of the suppression
of the physical body‟s Vital Energy, can create condition which
manifests in various forms:
-Some perceive the bright light as an angel, their Higher Self, or
“Holy Guardian Angel”, others as a spiritual teacher.
-Astral projection may result, along with perception of the
immediate surroundings.
-Uncontrolled physical movements may also result, typical of so-
called „kundalini phenomena‟: shaking, rapid breathing, swinging
of the torso, uncontrolled giddiness, and sitting straight upright in
the Pharonic position.
After a period of time, the energy will descend, and return to the
base of the spine.
The effects of this awakening will take some time for the
consciousness of the individual to adjust to, and not limited to the
„non-physical‟ realms. The physical body, although to a lesser
degree, is also changed and improved in functioning, constituting
a genuine “re-birth‟ on several levels. However, it is up to the
mind, or sense of “I”, of the individual, to cooperate with this
influx of power if more permanent changes in consciousness are
to be made.
As we can see, the concept of kundalini, or the Secret Fire, is
linked to two polar concepts: that of the undifferentiated creative
energy, and the second, as the seed of this energy locked on
each cell of material creation, and focused in humanity at the
base of the spine.
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When this energy rises as a result of psychic experiences, and not
because the physical weakness, can cause the Vital Energy of the
body to be concentrated on various areas of the body, creating
physical and psychic disturbances. If the energy becomes
concentrated in the head, it can create the illusion of a spiritual
awakening, as well as the well known “hot and cold” flashes, or
currents, up and down the spine. The effects of the Secret Fire
however, and not its re-distributive effects on the Vital Energy,
can create the following phenomena:
 Intense pains suggestive of an illness
 Crawling sensations of ants or small bugs over the skin, as
well as a „jumping‟ sensation of the energy
 A feeling of crystal clear calmness and tranquillity, rise from
center to center to the top of the head
 Ascending in the famous „zigzag‟ or Rising Serpent pattern
 The energy can skip a center or two
 The energy can reach the top of the head in a flash of light
 The character attributes of both positive and negative are
exaggerated and sexual power is increased.
If the energy rises to the top of the head, then it becomes
possible to work directly on the Vital Energy within the body, and
use it, as a means of enhancing the psychic experience and
spiritual awakening.
In short, the psychic centers must first be awakened by the
Secret Fire and purified, before the energy of the physical body,
can be concentrated upon them.
Thus, our psychic exercises, and esoteric meditations are
designed to prepare our minds, bodies, and consciousness for the
liberation of the Secret Fire buried deep inside us. Through a
progressive cleansing of the blood, nervous system, and
endocrine glands, the „chains‟ of the Vital Energy upon the Secret
Fire are reduced and eliminated, allowing the ever present power
and energy, a veritable pressure waiting to be released, to spring
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into action. Thus, the Serpent doesn‟t really sleep, it is we who
are asleep to its presence and potential blessing.
The Secret Fire and the Sepheroth
“So he drove out the man: and he placed at the east of the
garden of Eden cherubim, and a flaming sword which turned
every way, to keep the way of the Tree of Life.” Genesis 3:24
The use of the “Tree of Life” has been both a blessing and a curse
for modern esotericism. When understood, the “Tree” offers a
complete and working model of Creation on both the microcosmic
and macrocosmic scales. However, where many fail is on the
personal level. The ability to apply the often very general
information of the Tree to personal experiences of the initiate
when they deal with physiological phenomena is profoundly
lacking in modern esoteric circles. The reasons for this are
several: First, many modern esotericists simply repeat what they
have learned without experiencing whether or not it is true on a
personal level; second, the language of kabbalah is multi-leveled,
with the same word having several meanings, thus many who are
using the words don‟t know what they actually mean, or on what
level it may be interpreted; thirdly, the diagram of the Tree is
simply too neat and compartmentalized. Many kabbalists are
unable to adapt to the fact that interior reality is much more
flexible than the Tree allows when applied to the two dimensional
page or illustration.
These problems are farther complicated by the idea of “One Tree”
but “Four Worlds” making much meaningful, practical information
nearly impossible to come by regarding the crises of spiritual
awakening and so-called Kundalini phenomena as it relates to
kabbalistic practices. When compared to the clear and explicit
information available from Taoist and Tantrik sources, it is no
wonder that so many Americans and Europeans prefer those
systems to those more culturally and historically related.
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To help resolve these problems in the transmission of knowledge,
only information that has a relationship to experience of the
author or others he has discussed this topic with will be included
here. Theory will be stated as theory, and experience as
experience. The meaning of common kabbalistic words will be
defined, and redefined, to keep the communication clear and
direct. An extensive use of confusing and somewhat irrelevant
god-forms, references to mythology, and cosmology unconnected
to the personal experience will be avoided.
Arousing the Sleeping Serpent
“Just as Moses lifted up the flaming serpent in the desert, so
must the Son of Man be lifted up, that all who believe may have
eternal life in him.” John 3:14-15
The Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram is often the first ritual learned
by aspiring magicians. Its function is to teach the basic
mechanics of solitary ritual, and to give a basic technique
whereby destructive energies maybe repelled or dispersed from
the sphere of influence of the operator. The symbols used in the
ritual are fundamental to other rituals of a more complex nature,
however, to disregard the Lesser Ritual as somehow less effective
is a mistake. A ritual, no matter how simple or complex is only as
effective as the skill of its operator. Repeated use of the LRP is
can be more effective than incompetent or irregular use of more
sophisticated rites.
In total, there are approximately six fundamental rituals used in
Western occultism reflecting an influence of The Hermetic Order
of the Golden Dawn: 1) the Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram 2) the
Supreme Ritual of the Pentagram 3) the Lesser Ritual of the
Hexegram 4) the Greater Ritual of the Hexegram and 5) the
Rose+Cross Ritual. The use of The Flashing Sword appears to be
irregular, however it will also be considered along with its
companion exercise or, The Rising Serpent.
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Within these, the use of the Middle Pillar is optional, it is however,
the Middle Pillar Exercise which does the most to purify the bodily
energies, or Vital Energy, and make pathways for the release of
the Secret Fire.
The Middle Pillar
“I will make the victor a pillar in the temple of my God, and he
shall go out no more: and I will write upon him the name of my
God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new
Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and
I will write upon him my new name.” Revelations 3:12
Several variations of the Middle Pillar Exercise exist, however
their fundamentals remain the same. Whether or not one uses
the Elements as suggested by Regardie in “True Art of Healing” or
the Sepherothic/planetary correspondences as he later suggests
(and is most commonly used) in his book “The Middle Pillar” is
irrelevant. The methods used by the Arum Solis will also be
considered as an alternative exercise.
The theoretical basis of the Middle Pillar is that through
imagination, breath, and concentration, the psychic energy of
creation, here principally Yetzirah, can be directed allowing for a
purification of the Vital Energy that holds the Secret Fire in check.
As our psychic centers are cleansed of emotional, moral, and
materialistic residue, they better reflect the cosmic energy that
works through them. Through its pre-described pattern of
circulating the energy, the Middle Pillar assists in smoothing out
the edges of our aura, as well as increasing the flow of energy in
general directions, so that the psychic pathways, both large and
small, can be purified and strengthened through an increase of
Vital Energy.
The pathways described for the Middle Pillar are circular in
nature. They are for the most part large, clear, and bright, with a
reflective quality too them. Regardie says that the psychic
spheres should be imagined like large, clear, brilliant diamonds if
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no other color is known. Although, in the end, the entire sphere,
or extended aura, of the practitioner should be imagined as a
brilliant diamond radiating heat and light.
The beauty of the Middle Pillar is that it, like many esoteric
practices, is really a layered exercise. Containing an almost
infinite amount of flexibility and growth potential. As the
practitioner develops in skill and manipulation of the imagery, the
amount of new possibilities increases.
One of central movements of the Middle Pillar is the “Fountain of
Light”. Here, the practitioner imagines a brilliant force of energy
forcing its way up through the soles of their feet and out the top
of their head, spraying along the edges of their aura, making it
strong and clear of any roughness, and gathering again at their
feet. This cyclic imagery is repeated several times. This key part
of the exercise, is the central part that prepares the central
pathways for the eventual release of the Secret Fire. It is also
similar to Eastern practices as seen in Chinese Chi Kung, Indian
Tantra, and Tibetan Vajrayana yoga.
This being said, it is also clear that some differences exist
between Eastern and Western methods of releasing the Secret
Fire. The methods of direct work on the psychic centers, and an
upward climbing of the spinal column is more traumatic than the
more general work of the Middle Pillar. It is for this reason, that
the techniques of yoga, save a few, that are aimed straight away
at releasing the Secret Fire, require supervision of a guru. Being
that they so restrict the activities of the practitioner, and require
close supervision, they are also systems that are impractical for
day to day life in American and European culture.
While similarities exist, and will be examined, the major
differences appear to be the following:
1) Indian yoga is aimed principally at liberation from the physical
realm in as quick a method as possible. Western esoteric
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practices are aimed at the perfection of matter and the psyche
within the material world, and not an abandonment of it.
2) Chinese yoga, or Chi Kung, is more akin to Western practices,
in that it is aimed at perfection of the material world, and even
the spiritualizing of the body into a “Body of Light”. It however, is
more akin to Indian yoga, in that it starts at level of the etheric
body (nadis or acupuncture points) and proceeds from there. This
“from the bottom up, and inside out” approach is different from
the Middle Pillars “top down, outside in” method. Because the
etheric body is directly effected early on, the effects are more
dramatic, as well as potentially traumatic for the unprepared. In
the Middle Pillar, the etheric body is often the last thing effected.
This is because the symbolism used, as well as the need to
develop skills in concentration, visualization, and meditation
effect primarily the mental outlook of the practitioner for a long
period of time. Only after considerable practice, of a year or
more, on a daily basis, do the effects of the Middle Pillar begin to
sink into the astral body, and eventually filter into the etheric and
physical bodies of the practitioner. It is stated in one source, that
it takes a minimum of three years for even the most advanced
yoga practitioner to release the Kundalini through special
exercises. A „release‟ which we have stated, is not a release per
say, but the removal of obstacles to its natural expression. This is
a critical point, since it is often said that to experience kundalini
will often take twenty years of practice of esoteric exercises, or
even Hatha Yoga, the same amount of time it took Nicholas
Flamel to confect The Philosopher‟s Stone. During a recent
workshop, Jean Dubuis stated that it may be possible to complete
the extremely dangerous Flamel Method in three years. It may be
that for the alchemist, the interior creation of the Philosopher‟s
Stone is nothing short of the kundalini experience, and the
exterior creation of the Stone is the ability to direct this Cosmic
creative energy at will.
3) Tibetan systems run somewhere between the Chinese and
Indian, in that they are concerned with liberation, but also with
the creation of an etherial body made from their bodily essences.
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This Diamond Body, or Rainbow Body, is pure light and can
materialize at the will of the adept. Like the Chinese and Indian
systems, the Tibetan use a rituals for the purification of the mind
and emotions of the practitioners, as well as the visual images in
both anthropomorphic deities and abstract geometric forms. The
Rituals of the Pentagram and Hexagram fulfill this function when
performing the Middle Pillar.
Thus, we can see, the major differences in Eastern and Western
practices can be summarized in function and reference point of
origin. The East seeks liberation through progressive untying of
the knots of ignorance that bind humanity to incarnation. The
West seeks to perfect the material world making material reality
a reflection of spiritual reality. One accomplished, the adept can
then proceed to dis-incarnate at will. The Western approach seeks
to be more active in the world and to transform it, while the
Eastern approach is to see the world as an illusion that is
impermanent, and as such, is more passive. Such philosophies,
like all beliefs and cultures, reflect the physical environment of
their earliest origin. In tropical and sub-tropical zones the concern
with time is less important that in the Northern hemisphere
where a winter without food stores means death for the
community. The cold, harsh realities of arctic zones produce a
different theory and technique, and as such, different ideal (gods)
than agricultural areas. Whether one is a hunter nomad or an
established agrarian society is reflective of the physical landscape
they live in, and as such effects values, needs, and spiritual
philosophy and technique.
This is of critical concern whenever one is considering adopting
the esoteric practices on another land or culture. Why did it arise,
and under what circumstances? Are those same conditions
applicable today, and in the life of the potential practitioner? In
view of current conditions, are the practices being considered
progressive or regressive in nature? That is, are they forward
moving, or simply an idealization of a mythical past „golden age‟?
Salt, Saturn, Sexual Ecstasy, and Spiritual Bliss
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“The heart girt with a serpent is my Name!” Chaldean Oracles
Salt is a symbol of wisdom and learning. Saturn, is associated
with Ouroboros, the Great Serpent biting its tail, symbolic of
limitation. As such it is closely allied with the earth, but also all of
material creation, and those things which border on non-being, or
Eternity. In one 15
th
century manuscript, the serpent is made of
two colors, red and green. Red is outside and green is inside.
Green, the color of Nature and of Venus, is the beginning of the
Work. Red, the color of the Stone, and Mars, is the end of the
Work.
“Sapiens dominabitur astris.” The wise shall exercise dominion
over the stars. As we correct the astrological imbalances (i.e
psychic centers or chakras) within ourselves, astrological
conditions outside have less of a negative effect on us. We gain
dominion over the „stellar‟ forces and can “make the sun shine in
our oratory when we will it so.”
The seventeenth century pupil of Jakob Boehme, Gichtel placed
the cosmic spiral, or “Wheel of Nature” within the human body.
J.G. Gichtel‟s Theosophica Practica, 1898. Saturn is the crown,
Jupiter the brow, Mars the throat, Sun with a serpent around it,
the heart, Venus liver, Mercury the spleen, and Moon the sexual
organs, or in straight theosophic decent down the Tree. It is the
Heart with a serpent that attracts our attention. Here he also
places the Element of Fire.
Egyptian initiates were also called scarabs because they pushed
along the egg of their regeneration.
Mysteria Magica, vol 3 The Magical Philosophy: The brow included
in the Middle Pillar (called: Clavis Rei [1
st
Formula] The Rousing of
the Citadels) and the color scale varies with each center. An
additional use of the rising twin serpents of the Caduceus are
included at the end. The brow is attributed to Saturn, and is said
to balance out the Yesod center, as well as add power to the
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remaining centers in the Middle Pillar as the Golden Dawn and
Aurem Solis present it.
Alchemically, Salt is derived from the union of Elemental Earth
and Elemental Water (or Assiah and Yetzirah), the Secret Fire is
„hidden‟ in the Salt (material body) and represents the
unconscious, instinctual forces that seek release. It is sometimes
called “Hellfire” in that if uncontrolled, or poorly released, it can
reek havoc on the body and psyche of the student, via its
purifying effects. This is illustrated by the 31
st
Path, or Path of
Fire, sometimes mistaken for “Purgatory” or “Hell” by the un-
regenerated who pass through this Path after death. This Path is
also under the direction of Mercury and Shin, the symbols of
spiritual guidance and evolution. For those interested in
Notarikon, Shin shares the same numerical value, 300, as the
Hebrew phrase, “The Spirit of the Living God.”
“I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance; but he that
cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy
to bear: He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire.”
Matthew 3:11
The letter Shin is often used in meditation as a symbol of Divine
light, life, love, or presence. It is imagined above the head, just
touching the crown, then inside the head proper (as it is
associated with intelligence and the energy of the nervous system
in the Sepher Yetzirah), descending into the heart, and finally,
expanding from there to engulf the meditator in a sea of fire.
Because it consists of three flaming Yods, or tongues, it is
sometimes associated with the flaming tongues of Pentecost, and
a variety of Trinitarian concepts.
Several possible interpretations are available to use regarding
this statement: One suggests that John the Baptist was initiating
repentance as well as entrance into the watery world of Yetzirah,
but that Jesus, was offering a path of initiation into the fire of the
Soul, or full adepthood. A second interpretation is that John was
offering initiation up the 29
th
Path, or the Path of Water; while
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Jesus was offering the harder and more rigorous Path of Fire, or
the 31
st
Path to his disciples. Neither of these is a definitive
answer, only a modern kabbalistic attempt to understand
Scripture in the context of initiatic practices. The mention of the
Holy Spirit is more informative however, as this phrase was
adopted by the Jews during the period of the Babylonian Captivity
and represents the origin of Persian and Chaldean influences on
Jewish mystical beliefs.
The term Holy Spirit (Ruach Elohim) is derived from the Zend
Avesta, and the phrase, Spenta Mainyu, or “Holy (Creative)
Spirit”. The creative power is implied and not stated in the
original, an appears to be lost in subsequent translations into
modern languages via Jewish and Christian traditions. This
Spenta Maiynu is a purifying and regenerating energy and
intelligence with a cosmic host of six or seven intelligence‟s at its
command.
“It [Spenta Mainyu] is the self-realizing quality or activity of
Ahura Mazda (the Good Mind); it is the self-generating energy
that leads to the creation and evolution of the universe. Spenta
Mainyu is dynamic and creation is an ongoing process. For
Zoroaster, holiness meant also abundance, growth, and health.
Spenta Mainyu represents the principle of augmentation and
development in the universe.” (F. Mehr, p.29)
This power and their beings comprise the Mathrem, or Mathra,
literally, „the sacred word of power‟, which is the basis for the
development of the practice of mantra in India and “Words of
Power” in the Middle East and Egypt. Manthrem or Mathra is in its
own right held to be the supreme mantra from which all others
are derived, in the same fashion as YHVH is the origin of all
Hebrew Divine Names. This is mentioned because in Persia and
Babylon, the convergence of what would develop into semi-
independent Eastern and Western esoteric practices is complete.
In one respect, it could be said to be the original home of yoga,
kabbalah, alchemy, and magic as we know them. Period art and
architecture shows winged creatures familiar to Jewish and
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Egyptian tradition, planetary diagrams, an early version of the
Tree of Life, and several variations of the intertwined serpent
motif.
The Cosmic Triangle of Fire
“The successful adept must be endowed with a knowledge of the
material of the Great Work; also with faith, silence, purity of
heart, and prayerfulness. After passing through the gate
surmounted with the hieroglyph of philosophic mercury he
traverses the seven angles of the citadel, representing the chief
operations of the Great Work - calcination, dissolution,
purification, introduction into the sealed Vase of Hermes,
transference of the Vase to the Athanor [furnace], coagulation,
putrefaction, ceration, multiplication and projection. And even
upon reaching the Petra Philosophalis, he finds it is held in
custody by a formidable dragon.”
Amphitheatrum sapientiae aeternae, Heinrich Khunrath
Saturn is related to Mercury in alchemical text, and is given the
same ambiguous sexuality, or androgyny, and named it
„Mercurius senex‟.
In Tiphareth, the geometric symbol is the interlaced triangles of
water and fire, or the Star of David. When expanded to connect
the planetary sepheroth of the Tree (with Saturn being attributed
to Daath), the Triangle of Water connects the spheres of Mars,
Jupiter, and Luna. The Triangle of Fire connects Saturn, Venus,
and Mercury.
Just as Orobouros is cosmic energy (the serpent) limiting itself
(Saturn), Venus is the creative cosmic force multiplying itself in
life (its vegetative nature) as a prism splits the light of the sun.
Mercury, like Saturn in many respects, is androgynous, and
controls the fire of creation, directing it in the creation of the
Philosopher‟s Stone. Mercury holds the Caduceus, or winged staff
with two serpents intertwined around it. The Wings represent
sublimation, the serpents the basic forces of creation. There
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crossing over is the psychic centers, often given as seven in
number, here representing the colors in the spectrum, plus white
(Venus). Central to the diagram is Sol, which is the cosmic
creative forces which unify, enliven, and harmonize creation, and
which we can hope to contact. It is central, and directs and
controls all of the other planets, psychic centers, or aspects of
Cosmic energy.
By contacting the fire of the Sun, we can open the fire of the
other psychic centers (via Venus), and more easily direct the
restrictive and enlightening energy of Saturn, through the powers
of the Mind, or Mercury.
To understand these multi-faceted aspects of the planets,
particularly Venus and Mercury, it is important to have done the
Pathworkings up to Tiphareth. While this is not required to
perform the techniques later in this monograph, it is a help for an
understanding of the theoretical part.
However, we can begin to understand the relationship of the
Spheres to each other by undertaking a series of meditations
based on the following idea:
Venus is the regenerating, sensual, active life force in its
vegetative and unconscious manner. It responds to heat, light,
and emotion. On the Path of the Decent, Venus splits the singular
rays of the Sun into the many facets of the color spectrum, and
as such, can lead us to a better understanding of the relationship
between multiplicity and unity, the psychic centers and planets,
and their unique natures. On the Path of Ascent, Venus re-unites
the divergent energies, both planetary and personal (psychic
centers) and harmonizes it into a singular force, although still
multi-colored, until it returns to the Sun as pure light.
“This Stone rises in growing, greening things.” Wherefore when
the Green is reduced to its former nature, whereby things sprout
and come forth in due time, it must be decocted and putrefied in
the way of our secret art.” Splendor solis, Trismosin
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The Stone is made through the greening of nature (Netzach) and
it returning to its source (Tipahreth) by putrefaction (Death card
of the path connecting them).
Mercury gives form and meaning to the diverse energies made by
the splitting actions of Venus, and re-unites them as fundamental
forces, symbolized by the Caduceus. Mercury is Psychopomp, or
Guide of the Soul, and directs the energies that Venus
represents. Since both Venus and Mercury sit at the base of the
Pillars of kabbalah, they access the material, astral, and mental
realms, and can influence all three to some degree. On the
Descent, Mercury creates form and structure, for the body, the
mind, or the soul, and on the ascent, Mercury helps free us from
the limitations of form, without forgetting its lessons.
The serpent is primordial force or energy, fire and water being
the principle two of creation, with air and earth following them.
Because it shed it‟s skin, it is seen as a symbol of regeneration
and renewal. It is also dangerous, deadly, can be found often in
„guardian‟ roles near springs or water as well as deserts. When
controlled or mastered, is seen as mastering a powerful and
deadly, yet regenerating force, basic to creation, or possibly from
which creation came.
The Secret Fire is directly linked to the sexual, (i.e. principle and
most basic creative forces) in humanity. Here, the relationship
between „bliss‟ „ecstasy‟ and the erotic impulse can be clearly
seen and experienced. The development of a host of „sexual
yogas‟ and „sex magic(k)‟ practices bear this out to some degree.
However, it is the sexual desire in humanity that acts as its basic
drive and evolutionary force. It is also suggests that the ability
and need for mystical experiences is biologically rooted. Only be
ignoring the most basic of pleasures, sex, can we ignore the drive
to ecstatic union on some level. The „little death‟ or petite morte,
is a forerunner of the „big death‟ as we let go and experience
divine oblivion.
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Sexual power, linked to our innate drive for mystical experiences,
is also linked to human evolution, and some kind of
predetermined point or state to which we are being directed.
This is a significant point, in that almost all of modern Western
societies psychological illnesses are focused around sexual
repression and obsession.
If the Secret Fire flows freely, or with greater strength than
before, without the proper purification of the Vital Energy of the
physical body, it is possible that it will result in what appears to
be extreme physical, but more likely psychological illness in the
form of schizophrenia and psychosis; instead of psychic gifts,
genius, and either transpersonal states, or simply altered states
of consciousness.
Wilhelm Reich, the father of Orgon Therapy states that the basis
for all mental-emotional disturbances are anchored in the physical
body, and that these anchors can be released through breathing
techniques, somewhat similar to pranayamana. Since the body is
the “Salt” of alchemy, and partially composed of accessible
unconscious elements through its “Watery Element” all of our
emotional and physical experiences become indelibly marked,
associated, or stored in our physical body. If these blocks, or
energy concentrations of emotional and physical trauma
(composed of Vital Energy) are not removed before the Secret
Fire begins to flow more intensely, the so-called negative side
effects of „Kundalini phenomena‟ will appear.
Abuse of drugs, alcohol, and sexual extremes only worsen the
condition in that they inadvertently release the Secret Fire by
weakening the physical body and its link to the astral, thereby
damaging the etheric substructure, and create energy blocks in
the end rather than diminish them, when the mind and body
attempt to make repairs.
A nervous system damaged by substance abuse makes a tricky
vehicle for the clear, clean, and powerful expression of the Secret
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Fire. It is through our nervous system (under the domain of
Yesod-Luna) that we engage both the physical world, as well as
out interior world. It links the body (Malkooth) with the Mind-
Intellect (Hod) as well as instinctual, creative, and sensual urges
(Netzach). If it is damaged, our ability to relate fully, creatively,
and productively to these psyhco-physical-spiritual parts of our
self becomes endangered. If it is damaged, then our most direct
and important link to our Holy Guardian Angel, and means of
releasing the Secret Fire safely (via Tiphareth) is threatened in
this incarnation.
“Listen, then while I make known the Grand Arcanum of this
wonder-working Stone, which at the same time is not a stone,
which exists in every man, and may be found in its own place at
all times…. It is called a stone, not because it is like a stone, but
only because by virtue of its fixed nature, it resists the action of
fire as successfully as any stone….If we say that its nature is
spiritual, it would be no more than the truth; if we describe it as
corporeal, the expression would be equally correct; for it is
subtle, penetrative, glorified, spiritual gold. It is the noblest of all
created things…it is a spirit or quintessence.”
A Short Guide to the Celestial
Ruby, Philethes.
Freeing the Dragon
How long it takes to un-block our psychic anatomy for a more
complete and harmonious functioning of the Secret Fire is
unclear. It is stated that even the most advanced yogis require a
minimum of three years of special practice for this to occur. Since
that kind of training takes place under specialized and supervised
conditions, it can be assumed that modern Western life requires
more time, as well as self-reflection and referral, since the
average Western occultist, be they kabbalist, alchemist, or both,
will spend the majority of their time working alone or at best in
occasional small groups.
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Certain schools of yoga as well as kabbalah and Sufi practices
view the heart as the center of the individual universe, and the
most important of all psychic centers. By opening the heart, we
gain access to our Interior Master, or Holy Guardian Angel
(messenger),characterized by a strong manifestation of intuition.
This is the final resting place for the Serpents Tongue after its
ascent over the skull, and as Boehme and Hermetic imagery have
shown, the “Heart girt with a serpent” is the ideal to which
mystics aspire.
As one yogi put it, we approach the “Big King” first, and allow him
to direct the activities of the serpent - language not unfamiliar to
Hermeticists.
Adam Kadmon: Secret Fire and YHVH
“For our God is a consuming fire.” Hebrews 12:29
While alchemy, kabbalah, and astrology have been homogenized
in modern esoteric practices to create an almost seamless
synthesis, this is not true of earlier periods. Traditionally,
alchemy and astrology played almost no role in Jewish
kabbalah[5], and while it has been put forward that may Jews
were alchemists, and some great alchemists possibly Jews[6], no
manuscripts of Jewish alchemical practices seem to exist in any
great number. Even the most famed Esch M‟saref, or “The
Refiner‟s Fire”, is a compilation of material, focusing mainly on
gematria, and not a „chemical‟ work in itself.
Early kabbalists imagined creation taking place in several stages,
from which was generated the anthropomorphic image of the
„primordial man‟, or Adam Kadmon. This „first man‟ was imagined
as being crated out of the four-letters of the Divine Name stacked
one on top of the other. Yod was the head, Heh, the arms and
shoulders, Vau, the spine and sexual organs, and the final Heh,



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the hips and legs. A host of attributes and qualities came to be
associated with each letter, and as a whole, it formed its own
school of kabbalistic meditation. By adding other letters, altering
combinations, and substituting letters based on numerological
equivalents, additional Divine Names, names of archangels,
angels, and other spiritual beings were generated.
The oral tradition of Adam Kadmon is similar to that of the
Egyptian god Osiris, in that Osiris was dismembered and
reconstructed, while Adam “Fell” to pieces, and it is the work of
the kabbalist to reconstruct the Original Adam. Each of us is said
to be a piece of this original soul, and it is our purpose to find our
place in Creation, via kabbalistic methods.
Saint-Germain and the Most Holy Three-Fold Wisdom
The idea of Secret Fire in initiatic psycho-alchemical texts such as
The Most Holy Trinsophia (Three Fold Wisdom)[7] illustrate the
point of hidden fire, associated with volcanic power, and under
the influence of Venus. Works such as this bear a strong
resemblance to alchemical-kabbalistic texts, and either use
mystical symbolism of these esoteric schools, or such symbols are
used to interpret the texts meaning.
In the text, Saint-Germian reportedly recounts the details of his
initiation through the twelve degrees of Cosmic Consciousness.
The use of earthly fire in the form of volcanic eruptions, lava, and
seas of flame symbolize the presence of an underlying matrix of
living energy that pervades material and non-material creation,
uniting and constantly renewing it through what can be seen as
violent activity.
La Tres Sainte Trinsophie is comprised of twelve sections, each
with its own illustration. The most obvious alignment that can be
seen, is between the twelve sections, the zodiac, and the stages


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of alchemy. It can also be suggested, for our considerations, the
seven major and five minor psychic centers.
The story begins with Saint-Germain on the lava beds of
Vesuvius, later he passes an alter on which is a cup, with a
winger serpent intertwined around it twelve times. Saint-Germain
then enters into a vast realm of fire, in the midst of which is a
greenish-gold serpent with ruby eyes which he must dominate
with a sword, the symbol of an enlightened will. With this act,
anger, hate, and pride are cast out of his consciousness, and the
senses are brought under direction.
In one of the scenes depicted, Saint-Germain is in front of a
triangular alter with an elaborate candlestick . It‟s base if formed
out of two intertwined serpents and terminates at a lotus, with
the taper placed in the center. Two inscribed panels accompany
the illustration. The first one reads: “To the strong is given the
burden” and the second, “Kindle a fire upon the high place that
the sacrifice may be borne upward to the Desired One.” The final
illustration shows the heavens ablaze with light and a triangle
surrounded by a square and circle. The initiate, here Saint-
Germain, is accompanied by Isis Revealed, the goddess of life
and Nature.
The pictures described illustrate that even at the end of the
Illuminist era, classical alchemical and kabbalistic symbolism was
in widespread use by esotericists. However, its direction was
changed from classical, or laboratory alchemy, to „philosophic‟ or
„spiritual‟ alchemy. Just as kabbalah had undergone a radical
transformation at the hands of alchemists and Christian mystics,
alchemy itself had also changed. While such manuscripts may be
of dubious value for practical laboratory work, fortunately, they
still are of value for interior spiritual initiation - an initiation that
only the Secret Fire can bring.
Exercises
The Middle Pillar
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The Middle Pillar is a well known exercise to almost every student
of magic. The details of the exercise are clearly outlined in Israel
Regardie‟s book of same name, and will not be gone into here.
Instead, exposition of those point relevant to the Secret Fire will
be outlined. These points are:
1. The establishment of Malkooth.
2. Circulation of the Light
3. The Fountain of Light
4. Malkooth as Kether
5. Relationship of Tiphareth to Malkooth and Kether
Secondary considerations will be paid to:
1. The Ritual of the Pentagram
2. The Ritual of the Hexagram
Establishing Malkooth
Malkooth or „Kingdom‟ is a complex sphere in that it represents
several broad concepts simultaneously. It is at once, our feet
when the Tree of Life is projected on the human frame (and the
knees and base of spine when seated or kneeling); all solid
matter, earth, and all material creation. It is our bones, and the
marrow they contain is a personal aspect of the Secret Fire. It is
important that we have a strong sense of foundation when we
talk about Earth and Malkooth, so that in meditation we can
remain grounded and secure. The stronger our sense of
connection to the earth and our bodies we have, the more energy
we can generate and the easier it will be to direct it. It is
analogous to trying to build a skyscraper on a poured slab
concrete for a foundation verses a four-story subbasement. The
better the foundation, the stronger the structure.
Since the Secret Fire is hidden in the Earth, it is good to spend
some time, even several years, working through the details of the
Pentagram rituals. Cleansing, harmonizing, projecting, and
withdrawing the energy represented there into yourself and
surrounding area. The North is an especially important area for
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concentration, in that it is Earth of Earth, and is our hidden
gateway to the Secret Fire. Buried in the solid nature of matter, is
a underlying vibrant energy that is continually pulsating, giving
rise to form and life, and turning energy in matter and matter
into energy. This underlying nature is illustrated in the Sign of
Taurus, the zodiacal sigil given to the North. In it we see the
Moon crowning a circle with a dot in the center, or the Sun. This
combined lunar-solar sign for earthly nature points to the theory
that all matter is simply condensed sun light, or hidden fire.
By associating the heaviness of Earth and the underlying heat it
contains (the molten, volcanic core) with our feet, knees, and
base of spine (and eventually our whole skeletal system), we can
begin to experience the literal network creation is formed from.
This imagery is reinforced by the statement that Malkooth and
Kether are one. By imaging that an unlimited stream of energy is
pulsating into and out of creation from the Ain Soph Aur at
Kether, and then imaging the same for material creation as you
envision it, at Malkooth. All to often the spheres are imagined as
being static beings or states, when nothing is farther from the
truth. They are alive, dynamic, and constantly interacting with
each other and the energy-matter matrix. This interaction is most
clearly seen on the Middle Pillar and the central spheres.
Kether-Tiphareth-Malkooth Triad
In Western and some Eastern esoteric practices, all exercises
begin with a drawing down of energy from the Crown, or Kether.
This is done because Kether, is on the edge of “non-existence”
draws energy into and out of being. This energy is then
regulated, until it becomes manageable by our human
consciousness, said to be somewhere around Chesed, on the
Cosmic scale of things.
On the personal level, Kether, or our personal Crown, regulates
the flow of energy into and out of our bodies. We then direct this
energy through our brain and nervous system, until it becomes
manageable by our consciousness. Just as Kether is the bridge
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between Being and Non-Being on the Cosmic Scale, our personal
Kether is the bridge between energy and matter. In our personal
being, this is the pineal gland.
Malkooth is the final condensing of these Cosmic forces, and on
the Cosmic Scale is all of material creation. On our personal level,
it our physical bodies, and as an intermediary, the environment
we live and move in with others. Since Malkooth is a World, that
of Asssiah, as well as a Sphere, it has its own “Kether aspect” or
ability to create matter that goes from the most dense to most
subtle. These subtler forms of matter border on their own realm
of “Non-Being” or that which crosses over from the purely
material to the psychic. In our bodies this would be the prostate
and sexual glands, perineum, and base of the spine.
The meeting place for these two polar aspects of our being and
creation, is in the Heart Center, or Tiphareth. Here, all of creation
is harmonized and brought into a state of dynamic tension and
vitality around an intelligent center. This intelligence direct the
other aspect of creation so that they work in harmony with one
another for the good of all. This is our heart pumping blood to all
of our organs, our pituitary gland, or “Master Gland” giving
directions to all of our endocrine system, our Solar Plexus,
regulating nerve energy in general; and the nucleus of each
atom, cell, or the Sun in our solar system.
In its role of chief mediator of forces, Tiphareth is constantly
sending vital energy to all area of creation, and transmitting
energy from the Crown, or highest abstract realms, to Malkooth,
or the densist levels of matter. It in many ways, is the regulator
of this energy to such s degree, that it can be said that matter
itself is actually made by Tiphareth. In physical terms this means
that all matter is nothing but condensed light energy. In personal
terms, its means that our bodies and environment are the
creation of our deepest held thoughts.
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To help develop a more conscious and functional relationship
between these three centers of energy-matter-consciousness
exchange, the following exercise is suggested:
Imagine a brilliant sphere of Light with a binding, almost point
black center, just above or touching the top of your head. Inhale,
drawing down a shaft of this sphere into your Heart. Exhale,
sending the shaft of light through your body and legs out the
soles of your feet, into the molten center of the Earth. Inhale
again, visualizing the fiery energy of this Center of the Earth
moving up in a golden reddish stream to your Heart. Hold it,
energizing the heart in brilliant light. Exhale, seeing the light
expand in heat, light, life energy, and power.
It is important at this point, that the energy not only be
coordinated with the inhalation, but be „breathed up‟ from the
earth and not forced. This can be done by imagining a strong,
flexible, hollow tube or canal running from the center of the
earth, or feet, to the heart center. The energy can also be
imagined running up the feet, as a pulse, entering the spinal
column, and focusing energizing the heart area.
Imagine after a period of time, that it is in the heart of the
universe, and the adept, that matter and energy meet and are
created.
Just as our „heart felt‟ feelings direct the limitless energy of
Kether into manifestation, so do they direct manifestation back to
Kether, or elsewhere, if we desire.
It is very important that the heart not be overheated, and that
the energy once accumulated be circulated or discharged in some
fashion. This can be into a talisman, a healing treatment, or into
a glass of cold water which is then consumed. It can also be
discharged out the solar plexus as a general circulation to the rest
of the aura.
In addition, the vowel sounds associated with the Rose+Cross
ritual, or A.I.O. may be intoned after competency in the basic
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techniques gave been acquired. First, practice intoning the
sounds as a single breath, resonating from the center of your
heart. After a while, begin splitting the sounds so that A
resonates with the head; I with the heart; and O with the Solar
plexus. After a period of time, move the O sound down to the
perineum where it will have a stranger affect on the „Malkooth‟
sphere(s). [8]
Substantial resonating of the sounds in the perineum will open up
12 different channels that link the spine to the legs, knees, and
feet, uniting these various „functional‟ Malkooths. It also effects
the prostrate gland in men.
Yesod- Link Between the Selves
Yesod sits astride the gateway to the invisible, and is the
repository for all that ascends and descends into manifestation. It
represents several key elements of our being, including our
nervous system and brain; psychic centers; unconscious
yearnings and desires; and locus of memory. Through its
sometimes dark and troubling, but always powerful waters, we
can come into direct contact with our Holy Guardian Angel in
Tipahreth. By imagining Yesod as a gateway that reflects up as
well as down, we can learn to direct our psychic energies in either
direction. This way, Yesod is more than just a doorway which we
knock at and hope something is thrown out to us, but instead is a
portal we can move through and exist consciously. While much of
this early expansion will take place in dream states, such as lucid
dreaming, and spontaneous astral projection, eventually a
greater degree of control will emerge, in which consciousness is
projected willfully and returns with full memory of its
experiences.
This state can be quicken though, by reinforcing Yesods link to
Malkooth (for memory) and Tiphareth (willed consciousness). The
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After performing the Middle Pillar, focus your attention on Yesod.
Imagine it as a large sphere extending to the edges of your
expanded aura, violet in color. Shrink it back to normal size and
then imagine all of your physical energy, in malkooth, and
through out your body, is moving up toward Yesod. This is your
ability to move, manifest, and create in the material world.
Imagine the spheres merge and become harmonious. Now, pull it
up even further to Tiphareth, and bath the combined material and
psychic-sexual energy of Yesod in the golden light of Tiphareth,
and feel the three merge into one. After several minutes project
them back to their original positions.
Imagine the light of Yesod as being simultaneously dual in
nature, reflecting up toward Tiphareth and down toward
Malkooth.
Move to Tiphareth and do the same, imagine its light reflecting
down toward Yesod, and up toward Kether, the source of all
energy.
Imagine the Elements as pure and perfect ideas, emanating from
Tiphareth through a clear field of Yesod, and condensing into
matter. Imagine your thoughts as pure and perfect ideas, being
projected from your heart, with the combined sexual-creative
energy of Yesod, into manifestation in malkooth.
Imagine the pure light and energy of Kether above your head,
becoming accessible in Tiphareth, your heart, and manifesting as
pure creations in Malkooth, beneath your feet. Feel the energy
reverse this process, going from hard, cold, dense matter, to
abstract energy forms, to pure, undifferentiated energy. In
addition, the Clavis Rea Formula can be an effective illustrator of
this point.
Circulation of the Light, after the establishment of the spheres
should be vivid, clear, and deep in the body as well as extended
out form it. This can be done is phases, with the first phases
working gently on the outside, forming broad bands of light, and
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increasing in density and power as they begin to reach deep
below the surface of the tissue, to the bones themselves. This
helps to anchor the power in the body, while expanding and
clearing the aura. At all times, the energy should be palpable.
The Fountain of Light should move through the spinal column
slowly at first, and with greater intensity and speed as experience
progresses. The burst should be lively and bright, with a clear
fluid like flame coursing around the edges of the expanded aura,
at a radius of three to four feet on all sides. Lose your self in the
flow of energy, as it passes through your body, out your head,
into your feet, up your legs, purifying and energyzing as it goes.
At the conclusion of the exercise, you may withdraw the energy
into the sub-epidermal layer of your body, feeling it strengthen
and energize the tissue, sinking into the bones and purifying the
marrow, an essential element in long life and strong bones. This
should also be done along the spinal cord, imagining that the soft
tissue between the vertebrae are packed with energy and the
nerve connections are strong and vital.
The Rituals of the Pentagram and Hexagram
The rituals of the Pentagram re use for directing the principle
Elements of the material world (Assiah), matter-energy matrix
closest to our consciousness, and the outer-materially directed
personality of this incarnation. It is through directing and
purifying to some degree these Elements, that we can begin to
turn our attention inward and have the Vision of our Higher Self,
or Holy Guardian Angel, that exists in Kether, communicated with
in Tiphareth, and reflected to us in the subconscious of Yesod.
The ego, or self-created image of self in relation to the material
world is completely dominated by these rituals, and through
them, we can adjust our sense of self, so that we may direct our
energies toward Self. When this is done, we not only can
converse with our Holy Guardian Angle, but realize that we and it
are one and the same.
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The pentagram rituals can also be used in this same respect for
creating material conditions that are to our advantage, as well as
spiritual advancement. They can be used to create an near
material environment for the sustaining of planetary forces as
well. In this aspect, the several rituals are often combined.
The planetary rituals of the Hexagram represent the manipulation
of inner and outer planetary forces through our own psychic
centers. They can result in direct physical manifestations of body
or environment, or in interior experiences of an initiatic nature.
Such initiations signify an expansion of consciousness, and
increased activation of the psychic centers involved, and possible
generalization of the effects to other centers. For example: a
solar ritual will bring increased activity to the psychic „heart‟
center, but also to the pineal gland in the brain as it is solar in
nature. A lunar ritual will bring increased memory and mental
clarity, but also will stimulate the nervous system, and psychic
centers generally, as well as cyclic sexual impulses. A Venus
ritual will stimulate the kidneys, sexual impulses, and increase
ones sense of beauty, harmony, and artistic expression. It will
also add power to all of the psychic centers as a result of Venus‟
„prism effect‟ on psychic energy if directed properly, and increase
the flow of love to the heart.
Thus, each planet has its specific and general effects, as well as
manifestations on the mental, emotional, and material planes. As
we increase in awareness, and contact more consciously the
various planetary spheres within us, they will appear to take on
an almost objective existence. In these semi-objective states, we
can contact others of a similar vibration, or communicate with the
various „beings‟ of the invisible world. These worlds also have
degrees of density, hence the use of Elemental attributes in the
vertical mode of expression. The densest world is
Malkooth/Assiah, with each of the planets having a „home‟ in the
Quarters, and Yetzirah is more subtle and given the attribute of
Water, with its own special relationship to the Planets. Next,
there is Briah, with its Airy, expansive nature, and peculiar
relationship to the planets, and finally, Atziluths fiery nature,
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from with the previous worlds are but denser and more stable
expressions. Just as our consciousness shifts in its relationship to
things when it moves to the astral from the material, it shifts
again when it moves from the lunar astral to the solar astral, or
mental worlds; and again when the move is from the Mental to
the Spiritual.
These shifts can best be explained as going from object
relationships (material), to subject relationships (I-Thou), to
direct relationships, and finally identity relationships. On earth we
view things as objects separate from us. In the lunar astral we
experience them a objects, but with a relationship to them. In the
Solar astral, we experience a thing directly, that is we know it. In
the Spiritual realm, we are it.
This helps to explain some of the statements made about
kundalini experiences in yoga, as well as the mystical experiences
of other esotericists. In kundalini, or Secret Fire experiences, the
aspirant often talks of being „one with creation‟, or having the
ability to look inside the nature of things. This would indicate that
the energetic impulses being released are expanding awareness
to the level of Briah. When the final level is reached, Atzilooth, we
become like the Bibical Enoch “who walked with God and was no
more”.
This framework also helps explain why many magicians succeed
or fail at magic. The identity of „another‟ doing the work for us, is
a very materialistic approach to magic. Later on, after
experiencing the reality and illusions of the astral worlds, the
direct, or personal relationship is built, in which the magician sees
the powers being directed as aspects of his or her self, and not
exterior to their being. This form of expression is more akin to
the level of the adapt, but also the mystic, and practitioner of
yoga who visualized the chakras as inside their body and not
exterior worlds, as in Western Pathworking. At some point
however, all of these various viewpoints merge, and systems
become blended in the experiences and evolving psyche of the
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disciple. The difference is more as a point of origin, not as a final
destination.
Note of Caution!! It is very important that all of the following
exercises are preceded by a period of prayer and devotion to the
Cosmic and that their fruits be offered as gifts to the Creator.
They must also be started by invoking the energy from above in
some fashion, be it the Qabalistic Cross, the Middle Pillar, the
Clavis Rei, or simply as a beam of light coming from above,
entering at the Crown, and terminating at the base of the spine
or feet depending on your posture. This is critical of any negative
side effects are to be avoided or minimized, as only energy
radiating from Kether can be contacted with out creating an
imbalance in our system. Here, we seek to use this energy to
repair imbalances, not forget it, and inadvertently create new
ones. Also, at the end of each meditation, return the energy to
the Cosmic either imaginatively, or by offering the fruits of your
spiritual labor to God.
Triangle of Fire
The Triangle of Fire represents a specific aspect of Tiphareth and
should be considered in relationship to the Middle Pillar, although
it can be performed independent of it, or as we will see, as an
adjunct exercise to intensify the effects of both exercises.
After establishing your working space, focus your attention on
your heart. Imagine the great intertwined Star or Shield of David,
in gold, associated with this sphere. Feel the upper triangle
radiating a pulsing heat, and the lower one, a running coolness.
Imagine them turn into a combined fiery triangle of Fire, and
glistening triangle of Water. In the center is a brilliant dot, Yod,
or Shin, as you decide.
The lower triangle of Water is our relationship of consciousness to
the psychic and material worlds. The Upper triangle of Fire, is our
relationship to the spheres of adepthood, spiritual illumination,
and interior revelation.
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Imagine yourself as the center point, between these two living
triangles. Turn your attention to the Fire Triangle. Let the Water
Triangle fade from consciousness. Feel yourself in the center of a
small pyramid of Fire. It you were to stand up, you could touch
the apex. Seated or kneeling, you sense the great fire all around
you. Surrounding the base of the pyramid is a giant serpent with
its tail in its mouth. Close your eyes and feel with each breath,
and heart beat, the fire pulse in unison and grow more intense.
The fire radiates both outward from the pyramid, as well as
inward to its center, where you are. Loose yourself in the pulsing,
living, flame. Intone the Divine Name IAO, resonating it outward
from the center of your heart to the edges of the universe. Feel
the fire grow bright with each vibration and the serpent stir.
At some point you may feel, or imagine the serpent rising, and
reaching a point of extension. Go with it, and view through its
eyes. Return when you are done, by imagining the serpent coil
back, placing its tail back in its mouth, the fire regulating, and
the triangle merging with the triangle of water, both turning gold,
and exiting to consciousness.
Saturn and the Secret Fire
This is special series of exercises relating to Saturn and its
relationship to other planets, and the as manifestor of Creation.
This exercise is directly related to the previous one, or The
Triangle of Fire. When placed on the Tree of Life, the Hexagram
connects the spheres of Yetzirah and Briah, giving a gateway to
Atzilooth, with Saturn where Daath is placed.
The Triangle of Fire is composed of Saturn at the apex, and
Mercury and Venus at the base corners, with the Sun in the
center. By meditating on the qualities of these planets, and their
relationship to each other via this diagram, we can see that
Saturn is the secret sphere, that offers us access to the energy-
matter-consciousness continuum. Imagine yourself in the center
of the Triangle of Fire again, pacing the Astrological signs, or
godforms of Saturn, above, or above and before your, Mercury at
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your right, and Venus at your left. See them as living and vital,
with a thin strand of fire, light, and love, connecting them.
Remember, Saturn is often given as the sign for matter, and
Venus inverted as the sign for Antimony, or the Earth. Continue
this meditation for several weeks, or once a week, for several
months. Fifteen to twenty minutes is all that is needed.
YHVH
The following method of meditation is based upon the
fundamental associations known to every student of kabbalah. It
can be performed by experienced or novice students alike,
although novices should spend more time on the fundamentals to
insure success later on, without having to go back an repeat the
basics.
This series of exercises relates to the stages and Elements of
Creation and the nature of the Primordial or archetypal
expressions of consciousness. Those who have experience
working with Hebrew and/or the Elements as outlined in basic
magical practices will be able to move more quickly through this
exercise. Those who have little or no experience in magic will find
it a suitable and powerful introduction to these concepts on a
very personal level.
The Hebrew doctrine of Creation sets forth the idea that the
Primordial Man, or Adam was composed of the four lettered name
of God stacked in vertical form to appear as sort of stick figure
being. In addition, all of creation could be found to have it origin
in this sacred name, and it pronunciation was closely guarded, so
much so, that it is now lost. The discovery of its proper intonation
is said to bring power over everything, so much so, that there are
schools of kabbalah that only work with the various manipulations
of this Name as their form of meditation.
For us, the Tetragrammaton will be used as a visual and
mnemonic guide for our meditations and exercises designed to
release the Secret Fire in Creation.
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The standard Elemental applications will be applied: Yod (Head,
endocrine system) is associated with Fire; Heh (shoulders/chest,
and cardiopulmonary system) with Air; Vau (Spine/Nervous
system, including sense organs) with Water; and the Final Heh
with the dot (the hips, legs and feet, and skeletal system) with
Earth.
The dot in the final Heh symbolizes the secret, hidden point of
light, life, and love in all of creation, and hidden in matter. It is
this secret force that when liberated brings us to the heights of
divine bliss and consciousness in the original Fire of Yod.
As with all exercises, begin by drawing energy, in some fashion,
down from Kether to the Earth. This can be through the
Kabbalistic Cross, the Middle Pillar, or the Psychic Pump as
previously described. Once a calm center is established, and a
sacred space to contain the energy, either through the Pentagram
Ritual, or imagining a vast and empty dome sphere around you
(about six to nine feet in diameter), you may proceed.
Imagine the Primordial Man in front of you, vast and towering.
Merge with the image, growing in size as you do. See the flaming
Yod as your head, and imagine that it, or a ray from it, projects
itself downward through the Airy world. Forming the first Heh,
and continues into the Watery world, gaining density and weight,
forming the Vau, and finally, into the world of solid matter,
forming it, along with the Final Heh. There, the flame grows
small, flickering brightly, but only as a small spark, compared to
its vast and brilliant place of origin, and to the dark, cold, solid
world of matter in which if now appears trapped.
Identify with the solid earth. Feel your feet rooted to it. Imagine
that they, your legs, knees, and hips, are all heavy, solid, and
firm, immovable and dense. Feel and imagine the great strength
and stability that this offers you and appreciate it, as it is the
foundation of your being. Continue with this imagery, and sense a
point of dense, brilliant, heat and light in the center of this dark,
solid matter. See it grow brighter and stronger, as though it were
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the center of the Earth itself. Continue with this heat and light,
and let a strand of it move up from the center of the earth,
through the layers of solid matter and rock to your feet, forming
a sphere of great heat and light.
After several days, pull the energy up to your knees. After several
more days, pull it up to your hips. After about a month of
practice, pull it up and focus it at the base of your spine.
Extend the solid earth imagery to include your skeletal structure
as well. Breath the fire up from the center of the earth, feel it
focus around your spine, and move up to the top of your head.
Imagine that your head is an empty sphere, waiting to receive
the energy from below. Feel the energy course throughout your
body, focusing on the bones. Breath it into them, cleansing them
of any weakness or disease. See the marrow inside grow, and fill
them with its bright red power. Extend it across the skull, jaw,
and teeth. As before, when you are done with the meditation,
absorb as much energy as you can, and send the rest to the
center of the earth, closing off the contact.
After a month or two of this exercise, move on to the Vau. See
the energy move through your feet, to the spine, and move up
and through its narrow center column to the brain. Imagine that
as it enters the spinal column, with each breath, the fluid
contained therein, course up and across your brain, nurturing the
tissue, and descending back down. Imagine your senses
becoming stronger and more acute. Visualize the vast fiery
energy coming form the center of the earth as increasing your
psychic sensitivity and psychic centers. This can be imagined
simply as the nervous system becoming bright and healthy.
Then, move on to the next, or First Heh. Here sense the energy
as having moved up your feet, into the spine, and when it
reaches the upper body and back of the head, it also fills the
lungs with greater power and expansion. Feel yourself lifted up
and expanded, as though your vision was made clearer, and
sense of purpose, and destiny more definite. Imagine the lungs
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being charged with bright, warm healing energy, vitalizing the
breath and blood.
After a few days, imagine the vital power moving from the middle
of the shoulders, down the arms, and to the hands.
During this period experiment with projecting, circulating, and
receiving energy through your hands. In general, the right hand
should project positive, expansive, electrical energy; and the left
should project magnetic, passive, and receptive energy. By
holding the hands together, in the classic prayer position, in front
of the chest with the back of your thumbs just touching the
sternum, the heart center can be energized. In addition, the
energy circulated creates a psychic „belt‟ or „dome‟ around the
upper portions of the head and shoulders. Practice pulling energy
down from the sun, moon, planets, and Cosmic through the left
hand and into the earth or a talisman with the right.
Use the classic Sign of the Philosophus, or hands raised above the
head with thumb and forefingers touching to form a triangle, to
pull energy down into both palms and out through your feet. Try
storing it in your solar plexus (you may want to use the Sign of
Practicus for this) and projecting it as previously described.[9]
Then, move to the Yod. Here after the energy has moved up to
the brain, see the head grow bright and luminous. Feel it absorb
the fire from below and rejoicing its return. Sense the center of
your head growing powerful, warm, and bright. Focus on this
single point of brightness, and then send it back down to the
earth, while reaching out to the universe with it. Feel yourself lost
in s fiery world of primordial power, wisdom, and love. Feel as
though you are of vast stature, towering immensely through out
the solar system. Feel as though the planets themselves are your
psychic centers, and the sun is your heart, the Earth your
footstool and the original point of creation your crown. When you
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This energy once experienced has tremendous healing potential.
By freeing our negative and destructive thoughts into the center
of the earth for purification and renewal, we open ourselves to a
more energy and expanded consciousness through the removal of
psychological blocks. Through drawing up the fiery healing energy
of the earth, and packing it slowly, smoothly, and methodically
deep into our cells, form the bones and its marrow upward and
outward, we can increase our psychic sensitivity to telluric
currents, weather patterns, and magnetic conditions. In addition,
we add strength, energy, and vitality to our physical bodies.[10]
The Flashing Sword and the Rising Serpent
Yesod, Hod, and Netzach in the Secret Fire
This section examines the relationship between the sepheroth of
the Tree of Life to the Secret Fire, and the impact of two spheres
in particular that govern the nervous system, early psychic
awakening, and sexual power.
The rising of psychic power from Malkooth, effects not only the
feet and perineum, but also triggers a response in the adrenals
atop the kidneys. This is often accompanied by a surge of energy,
as these glands are the seat of out „fight or flight‟ response. They
are also secondary sexual organs, and as the energy drops down,
to enter into the base of the spine (also a Malkooth center) before
rising up the spinal cord and erergyzing the entire body, it
stimulates those nerves and psychic clusters associated with
Yesod and Netzach. It is from this stimulation that images,
fantasies, sexual potency and aggressiveness, and psychic
awareness, sometimes bordering on pszophrenia and psychosis,
are experienced. Intense heat and a sense of purging may also
be experienced as a result.
When the energy reaches the area of Hod, or Mercury, usually
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of the Serpent. This Path is illustrated by a Serpent climbing the
Tree of Life, reversing the direction of the descent of the
Lightning Flash. Here, the Secret Fire awakens the mind to
magical possibilities and structures, but without power. It may
energize the brain and speedup patterns of thought, insight, and
association, but often this may be vented through excessive
talking and verbalization, or routing it through the throat center.
If the energy is not spent, but directed in its upward Path of
Return, or ascent, then the very real problem of having to direct
the will and consciousness in a singular fashion toward creating a
pathway for the energy to flow is encountered. These pathways
are the mental and astral constructs, or symbols, used in
magical, religious, and esoteric rites.
The principle pathway, or map used to direct the Secret Fire is
the caduceus of Mercury. Here, the twin serpents intertwine
themselves around the central pillar, and themselves form two
side or supporting pillars, leading to a winged apex, or crown,
shaped like a pine cone, or the pineal gland.
When it reaches this point, then Crown, it bestows illumination,
Cosmic Consciousness, and can be directed further towards
greater spiritual activity, or toward material or psychic
manifestation. This energy, or light, is like the rays of the sun
(Tiphareth) being split into the many rays of the spectrum
(Netzach) by the use of optical filters (Hod).
In Hod we not only create, but also clean any existing mental
filter, so that the energy rising back towards its source may be
properly identified and experienced for what it is, prior to its
being harmonized into a single ray of light by Netzach. Even after
harmonization however, the energy may not have to be returned
to the Tiphareth. If left to its own devises, it probably will, as that
is its natural inclination. The sudden influx of power and energy
may create a strengthening of the recently vivified astral worlds,
of which Netzach is the symbolic apex.
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The Death card which rules the Path between Netzach and
Tiphareth signifies the task of the initiate at this stage of the
journey, and of the sacrifice that lies ahead. Only by loosing their
individuality, or through „death‟, can the separate forces under
the direction of Netzach combine to lead the initiate toward
adepthood. The reverse of this is also true in one sense, in that
by leaving the collective behind, the individual is born, the true
individual of Tiphareth. This suggests, that genuine initiation can
only take place when we are no longer dependent upon the
collective power of an egregore for our sense of protection,
purpose, and illumination. The watery astral womb of Yetzirah
must be left, for either the dry air of Malkooth‟s material life, or
Tiphareth‟s spiritual renewal.
Along with the intertwined serpents of the caduceus, we find
implied in the symbolism the chakras, or psychic centers, upon
which the Secret Fire acts in its journey. These centers express
modes of consciousness, loci of physical and psychic power, and
are related in various ways to the nervous and endocrine systems
as we have seen.
In Western esotericism, several methods of expressing these
psychic centers exist. There is the use of the planetary names, or
mundane chakras as they are called, for the sepheroth. Here, the
planets follow the descent of mezla, or Divine Energy, down the
Tree of Life and are placed at corresponding locations on the
human body. Kether, Hockman, and Binah are in the head;
Chesed, Geburah, and Tiphareth are in the upper chest and
shoulders; Netzach, Hod, and Yesod in the hips and sexual
organs; with Malkooth located at the feet. This works well as a
mnemonic devise and for the exercise known as the Flashing
Sword and Rising Serpent, but is not very useful when it comes
to attributing planetary powers to specific organs, as in alchemy.
Another set of attributes is to simply take the Middle Pillar and
apply either its Elemental correspondences as given by Regardie
The True Art of Healing, or the more well known planetary
correspondences as he gives in his book The Middle Pillar. Along
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the same lines, it is not uncommon to apply the ascending set of
Hindu tattwas, or Elemental signs in an ascending manner at
each of the cross-bars and spheres on the central column of the
Tree of Life.
While none of the above sets of designating centers of psychic
force is perfect, each works in its own particular area, and as
such, it might be better to simply accept the symbols given for
each exercise without trying to create „a grand synthesis‟ that will
sound good, but be cumbersome or useless for practical
purposes.
Looking at the ascent of energy from a more Western viewpoint,
it is possible to view the psychic centers not as singular and
specific organs, but in many instances as clusters of organs
working in concert. Students of Eastern esoteric practices will
recognize that the New Age system of seven chakras neatly
arranged with an ascending chromatic scale is not easily found in
yoga or tantra.
Instead, what is found, is just as much contradiction and
confusion as in modern synthetic Western esoteric systems.
Whether one uses a system of five, six, or seven psychic centers
depends on which system is being practiced. The addition or
subtraction of a particular center matters only in relations to the
details of that particular practice and its aims. Thus, when
viewing the psychic cneters as objective realities, we enter into a
realm fraught with danger. Instead, we need to look at the
centers in terms of function and relationship to each other. If in
an exercise we notice that a centers activities are not limited to
the feet, chest, sexual organs, or head, then we have entered
into a deeper understanding of that locus of energy. If we find
that other organs are being stimulated as well, then we will find
that we have begun moving from a strictly symbolic and mental
relationship to the psychic centers to a personal and experiential
one. This transition to personal experience is what development
is all about, and not simply neat and comfortable packages of
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occult lore and information as is given in endless tables of
correspondences.
In one recent Golden Dawn publication[11] a set of
correspondences was given for four of the major psychic centers
using kerubic attributions. The root center was attributed to the
Calf of Revelations; the sexual center to the Angel; the Solar
Plexus to the Lion; and the Eagle to the heart. No
Correspondences were given for the remaining centers. Using this
as a basis for discussion and experimentation, I would instead
suggest the following listing as a more effective alternative:
1
st
Bull or Saturn[12] or Moon[13] with Fire in the Heart
2
nd
Eagle or Jupiter or Mercury Water in the liver
3
rd
Lion or Mars or Venus Earth in the lungs
4
th
Angel or Venus or Sun Air in the bladder
5
th
Spirit or Mercury or Mars
6
th
Luna or Moon or Jupiter
7
th
Sol or Sun or Saturn

This suggests that the order of the planets in the spheres is very
relative to onesstate of consciousness, and that the
correspondences at the time of our descent intomaterial
consciousness may be different from the order during our re-
ascent into Eternity.
If we consider what the alchemists say about Saturn, that it is the
beginning and endof the Work, then this re-arrangement of the
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In an article entitled, “FromThe Restored New Testament”[14],
the basicidea of four centers of the genitals, navel, heart, and
head is used along with titlestaken fromThe Book of Revelationsof
St. John.
Genitals 1
st
and 2
nd
centers The False Seer
Navel 3
rd
center The Red Dragon
Heart 4
th
center The Beast
Head 5
th
, 6
th
, and 7
th
centers The Cross, The Lamb, TheSpiritually
Wise, and Illumination The Conqueror
In an accompanying chart, the order of the planets is given from
Saturn at the base, toLuna at the Crown, in straight kabbalistic
fashion, with a slightly different color scalethan usual: Yellow and
sliver-white (Saturn), pale blue (Jupiter), red (Mars), green(Sun),
dark blue/indigo (Venus), orange-yellow (Mercury), violet, silvery
opalescent(Moon). Each center is also associated with a zodiacal
sign, a seal on the great scroll,and one of the Four Horsemen of
the Apocalypse. The remaining five signs of the zodiac
areattributed to the Elements and Spirit.
The problem presented by theBook of Revelations, is that if it
represents apattern ofprogressive interior initiationlinked to the
ultimate experience ofthe Secret Fire, it is written in a highly
symbolic format. Many of the keys to thesesymbols may be very
local and period specific in origin, requiring extensive research
into1
st
century era Gnostic, Christian, Merkavah, and Greco-
Roman initiaticpractices.
This is not to imply that this is an impossible nut to crack, only
that it is onewherein we must weigh the reward against the
effort. To assist those who answer this inthe affirmative, the
above keys have been given. For this manuscript however, it
raisesmore questions than horns on “The Beasts” head, to which
the answers are notimmediately forthcoming. The answers may
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kabbalah found in Eastern Orthodoxy, more so than in those
Christiankabbalists of Rome, as they are more focuses on the
Gospel of John, and have notcompletely rooted out their mystical
wing, or use of symbols for Illumination.
Exercise
After preparing your oratory, or place of working, imagine that
your spine is thecentral pillar of the Caduceus. Establish it well,
with a round bottom, wings at level ofthe throat, solar disk, and a
pine cone or brilliant knob at the top. Visualize it inwhite or
reddish-gold, with the left serpent in blue or black; and the right
serpent inred. Their tails should meet or cross-over at the base of
your spine and continue tooverlap five more times with their
heads facing toward each other, tongues extended, atthe level of
the throat accompanied by an extended pair of wings. The image
should bemounted by a solar disk at the level of the head,
surmounted by a pine cone.
After a period of several weeks with the above imagery,
additional symbols can beadded. In the center of each circle
formed should be imagined in progressive order, thekerubic
animals listed above. At the level of the throat should be akasha,
or Spirit; andthe Lunar qualities should dominate the back of the
head, with Solar dominating the front.Both universal aspects are
imagined as unified at the top, and entering and existingthrough
the brilliant sphere or pine cone (pineal gland).
If possible, the left serpent should be imagined to have lunar,
watery, passive,magnetic qualities. The right serpent, solar,
electric, fiery, expansive qualities. Thecentral column mediates,
balances, and contains both simultaneously.
After the above images are successfully imagined and
maintained, the symbols can beprogressively meditated upon. It
is important to go in strict order from top to bottom orbottom to
top. If a psychic blockage is encountered don‟t force it. Simply
smooth itaway gently as you progressively move through the set
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of symbols. Don‟t spend morethan seven or ten days on any one
symbol. Remember, that it is best to start new esotericperiods on
a Saturday when the psychic power is at its height for the week.
This meansthat it will take a minimum of seven weeks to move
through the seven principle symbols onthe central column, and
an additional three weeks for the basic diagram and two
serpents.
This is a strong exercise, so don‟t force it. It anything unpleasant
isexperienced, shorten the periods of meditation. Initially, no
more than 15 minutes shouldbe spent on this exercise.
The Serpent of Fire and the Spear[15]
Of all the exercises in this work, the following are the easiest to
perform regardlessof the level of experience of the operator.
Their basic concepts will already be familiarto many students, and
are useful as guides in a fundamental understanding of the
SecretFire that exists in the West.
Visualize a vast point if brilliant light above your head, so intense
that it appearsblack. Move it down to the top of your head, feel it
sinking into your body and psyche,permeating your
consciousness. Fee it move out, extending to form a sphere of
golden lightand fire around you to a diameter of four to six feet
on all sides. Let this sphere oflight grow in intensity and power,
and know that it is a strong container for the Cosmicforces you
are about to invoke.
Imagine a shaft of fire, like a spear, blaze down from the point of
light above you,penetrate your skull, and move through your
body and into the center of the earth. Feelthe earth reverberate
with its impact, and imagine a stream of living fire, like agolden-
red serpent, move in the reverse direction of the shaft, up your
spine, and intothe hallow of your skull. It is important that you
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and transforming energy. After several repetitions of thiscycle,
focus your attention on your heart, and imagine there, a chalice,
stone, or otherreceptive symbol for your highest Self. Wait for a
response, and then let everything mergeinto a vast sea of living
golden light, fire, and love. At the conclusion of the exercise,draw
the energy into yourself, and offer it as a gift to the Cosmic.
Basic exercises for its regulation
Solar Plexus as chief regulator of energy in the body
If after an exercise there is too much energy in your heart or
head area, move it downto the solar plexus and imagine it being
circulated out and around your body through thatcenter. This will
work after a few minutes, and is especially good for circulating
energythat arises from sexual stimulation after these exercises.
Grounding out
It is important to establish firm points of Kether and Malkooth in
these exercises. IfMalkooth is insufficiently established, the risk of
flightieness and disconnectedness fromeveryday life is possible.
More importantly, if a strong sense of connectedness is
notestablished at Malkooth, much of the energy will have no
where to go, and will be wasted.If it appears that too much
energy has been generated and is causing problems that
simplycirculating it out the Solar Plexus will not solve, then
consider the following:
1.Imagine the energy streaming our of your hands and feet into
the earth.
2.Place your hands in a bowl of cold water and imagine the
energy pouring into it.
3.Walk on the grass or earth with your feet in direct contact.
4.Drink a cold glass of water.
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These suggestions are for the discharge of energy accumulations
that may be unpleasant.Consider them a sort of psychic first aid.
The nature of these exercises generally, is toincrease the amount
of energy we can handle, and to direct it wisely and slowly for
thepurification of our psyche and body. Discharging it repeatedly
will slow that process,however, maintaining a state of irritation,
frustration, and perterbability as a result ofesoteric practices is
also a drawback.
Circulating the Light
Simply put, always circulate the energy when you are done with
an exercise. Thesuggestions of the Middle Pillar, or out the Solar
Plexus and around the edges of theextended aura work well.
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Additional Notes for Consideration
Crowley states that the 24
th
Path is attributed to the Goddess
Kundalini in777. Knight has the caduceus with the sign of Scorpio
at the bottom. Scorpio is the signof the 24
th
Path.
Square breathing is to be done with the exercises whenever
possible. On the inhale,pull the energy down from the crown;
hold in the feet, earth, and/or base of spine; exhaleto head; hold
on the exhale. Repeat. This adds a great deal of energy to the
exercises andlimits the amount of time they can be done in any
one sitting.
Each sphere has its own Tiphareth, i.e. Great Star, uniting the
smaller “sphereswithin a sphere” on the Tree of that particular
level. Thus, when we direct ourattention to the harmonizing
influence of Tiphareth we effect all of the planets ittouches. When
we direct our attention to the Triangle of Fire of Tiphareth, we
effect theFire aspect of all of the Spheres connected to
Tiphareth.However,Saturn,Mercury, and Venus,may havea
greater response. This of course means, karma(Saturn), creative
energy (Venus), and intellect/energy conduits (Mercury).
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As such, it then is easier to regulate planetary energy with the
hexagram than theseptagram. The hexagram regulates energy
via Tiphareth, the septegram via Netzach.
In alchemy, Fire and Air are the matrix of Energy; Water and
Earth are the matrix ofMatter. Earth „energy‟ is essential for
sustaining health; Water for sustaininginitiation; and Fire for
initiation itself; Air makes Fire accessible.
Salt is the lower yetzirah and assiah; Mercury is Higher Yetzirah
and Lower Briah;Sulphur is Higher Briah and Lower Atzilooth.
Salt is prone to lunar impulses. Mercury is prone to solar
impulses. Sulphur is proneto zodiacal and Cosmic impulses.
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[1]See:MagicalStates of Consciousnessby Dennings and
Philips;Inner Landscapesby DoloresAshcroft-Nowicki; orThe
Philosophers of Nature,Qabalah Lessons35through 44.
[2]MysteriaMagica, vol. 3 of The Magical Philosophyby Melita
Denning and Osborne Phillips.Llewellyn Pub., St. Paul, MN. P. 57-
59, and 69-73; or,The Philosophers of Nature,Qabalah Lesson62.
[3]See:Problemson the Path of Return: Pathology in Kabbalistic
and Alchemical Practicesby MarkStavish, M.A.The Stone -The




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Journal of The Philosophers of Nature. Issue 19,March-April 1997.
Included as an appendix to this article.
[4]See:AKabbalistic Approach to Lucid Dreaming and Astral
Projectionby Mark Stavish, M.A.TheStone - The Journal of the
Philosophers of Nature. Issue 20, May-June 1997. Includedas an
appendix to this article.
[5]Kabbalahby Gershom Scholem. New York. Meridian. 1974. P.
186.
[6]TheJewish Alchemistsby Raphael Patai. Princeton, N.J.,
University Press.1994.
[7]Saint-Germain is also said to be the author ofLa magie sainte
revelee a Moyse(The Holy Magic of Moses Revealed). No date is
given.
[8]PONQabala Lesson 63, suggests that the sounds be resonated
in the heart, solar plexus,and perineum. Regardie make no
attribution of the IAO sounds inThe Golden Dawn(5
th
ed.), and
omits them inThe One Year Manual.
[9]For theElemental Grade Signs of the Golden Dawn, see:
Regardie, p.134-135.
[10]Thiswill be explored further in an upcoming essay on “The
Diamond Body in WesternEsoteric Practices”.







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[11]TheKabbalah of the Golden Dawnby Pat Zalewski. Llewellyn
Publications, St. Paul, MN.1993. P. 89-125.
[12]Thislist of planetary correspondences is taken fromThe
Philosophers of Nature, SpagyricCourse Year Two, Lessons 32 and
45..
[13]Takenfrom a painting by Johann Georg Gichtel, a student of
Boehme, of “man in his corruptstate” after the Fall from Grace,
prior to any spiritual initiation.
[14]Kundalini, Evolution, and Enlightenment, ed. by John White.
Anchor Press. GardenCity, New York. 1979. Article by James
Morgan Pryse, pgs. 418-440. See:The ApocalypseUnsealed.
[15]See:Experienceof the Inner Worldsby Gareth Knight. Samuel
Weiser, Inc., York Beach, Maine. 1993.Pages 1-119. Or see,PON
Qabala Lessons12 through 16.